4. Explore the Grand Canyon
If you have never seen the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River before, then the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley is a must see in Arizona. It’s magnificence and sheer beauty cannot be described by mere words. Flagstaff is a ponderosa pine–covered mountain town and a popular gateway into the Grand Canyon conveniently located right off of Route 66 .
Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon State and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World but there is a lot more to do there than visit the Grand Canyon. Arizona has 6 environmentally unique ecosystems all in the same state. You can find plenty of water fun in Arizona’s rivers and lakes. Winter skiing and cool summer weather in the pine-forest or red rock covered mountains. You can also explore any one of Arizona’s four separate desert regions complete with different flora and fauna. Other natural sites include Saguaro National Park, protecting cactus-filled Sonoran Desert landscape. Tucson is home to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
In addition to seeing the Grand Canyon, I would suggest you take a drive on Route 66 and into Winslow AZ and visit the Standin’ on the Corner Park and Old Trails Museum. Route 66 is a nostalgic reminder of days past and a cartoon come-to-life experience for young and old Disney Cars fans. It has been the inspiration for movies and songs, forever immortalizing it in American culture. Arizona’s Historic Route 66 has been preserved and stands as living history to be enjoyed for generations to come and provides easy access to Grand Canyon gateway towns